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MoonDragon's Women's Health Procedures Information
MAMMOGRAPHY


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  • Mammography Description
  • Reasons For Mammography
  • Mammography Risk Factors
  • Mammography Procedure Description
  • Mammography Expected Outcome
  • Mammography Complications
  • Mammography Post Procedure Care
  • Medication
  • Activity Recommendations & Restrictions
  • Diet & Nutrition
  • Notify Your Health Care Provider




  • MAMMOGRAPHY DESCRIPTION

    Mammography is a procedure that involves taking x-rays of the breasts to detect breast cysts or tumors, especially those that cannot be felt (palpable) by the fingers during a physical examination. A mammogram is the photographic result. The procedure does not prevent breast cancer, it is used to detect cancer early when it is more likely to be successfully treated. However, there are some breast cancers that are not visible even on mammograms.

    mammogram showing benign tumors
    Mammogram showing benign tumors.





    mammography


    REASONS FOR MAMMOGRAPHY PROCEDURE

  • Evaluate breast symptoms such as lumps, persistent pain, nipple discharge.
  • Screen for breast cancer.
  • Helps to differentiate between non-cancerous breast disease and breast cancer.





  • MAMMOGRAPHY RISK FACTORS

  • None expected. Do not have a mammography performed if you are pregnant or suspected of being pregnant.

  • ***Some concern has been expressed about over-use of x-ray radiation exposure in mammography may actually promote some forms of breast cancer. Other research has indicated that self-breast exam when combined with yearly professional breast exam has proven just as effective as a yearly mammogram and without the risk of radiation exposure. Each one of us has to make our own individual informed choices about our health care and what we are more comfortable with when it comes to diagnostic procedures.

    MoonDragon's Procedure Information: Breast Exam
    MoonDragon's Procedure Information: X-Ray Safety





    DESCRIPTION OF MAMMOGRAPHY PROCEDURE

  • All clothing above the waist is removed and a gown provided that opens in the front.

  • You will stand in front of the x-ray equipment.

  • mammography


  • Each breast in turn will be compressed between 2 plastic plates in 2 or more positions for the x-rays. Compressing the breasts can be uncomfortable (to say the least!), but it minimizes the amount of radiation required to get a clear image.



  • After the films are taken, they are checked to make sure they are readable. If not, the procedure will be repeated.





  • mammography x-ray


    MAMMOGRAPHY EXPECTED OUTCOME

  • There are normally no physical side effects from the test itself.
  • As a screening test, results usually reveal normal breast tissue with no abnormal masses or calcification.
  • Any findings that suggest cancer require further tests (such as a breast biopsy by incision or by aspiration) for confirmation.





  • MAMMOGRAPHY POTENTIAL COMPLICATIONS

  • Misdiagnosis; missing cancers that are there or mistaking benign lumps for cancerous ones.
  • Over-exposure to x-ray radiation, possibly promoting certain types of breast cancer.
  • Radiation exposure to a embryo or fetus in an unknown pregnancy resulting in possible birth defects.





  • MAMMOGRAPHY POST PROCEDURE CARE

  • There are no special self-care measures to take following the test.

  • Test results that are suggestive often require a needle aspiration, biopsy, and/or ultrasound testing.

  • Further testing may be recommended even if the mammogram results are negative, such as when there is an undiagnosed abnormality on physical examination or unexplained symptoms occur.

  • Follow-up treatment steps will depend on the specific diagnosis.

  • Conventional medical practices recommend routine mammograms for the following age groups:
    • Around the age of 40 years, all women should have their first mammogram.
    • Between ages 40 and 50 years, women should have a mammogram every 1 to 2 years.
    • After age 50, all women should have a mammogram every year.
    • Women at high risk for breast cancer (anyone with a close relative who has had breast cancer) should have a mammogram every 1 to 2 years beginning at age 35 years.

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  • MEDICATION

  • Medicine is not necessary for the procedure itself.





  • ACTIVITY RECOMMENDATIONS & RESTRICTIONS

  • No restriction for this procedure.





  • DIET & NUTRITION

  • No special diet. However, you should follow a healthy, balanced nutritional program for a healthy immune system and to maintain a health body.

  • MoonDragon's Nutrition Information: Adult Regular Diet
    MoonDragon's Nutrition Information, Guidelines, Dietary Recommendations





    NOTIFY YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER

  • You have not had a mammogram as recommended for your age group.

  • You have questions or concerns regarding the procedure or the results.





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